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Elon Musk's Latest Salvo: Disbanding Twitter's Trust And Safety Advisory Group

This disbanding came days after three members of the council resigned in protest last week

Elon Musk's Latest Salvo: Disbanding Twitter's Trust And Safety Advisory Group
Elon Musk, chief executive officer of Twitter
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POSTED ON December 13, 2022 11:26 AM

After an acrimonious takeover by Elon Musk, Twitter has now dissolved its Trust and Safety Council. This is an advisory group of nearly 100 independent civil and human rights organisations, which used to provide suggestions on content.

The ‘Trust and Safety Council’ page on Twitter has not been removed. 

The development came days after three members of the council resigned in protest last week. Contrary to Musk’s claims of making Twitter a safer place, they said, “the safety and wellbeing of Twitter’s users are on the decline.”

“..red lines have been crossed. We know from research by the Anti-Defamation League and the Centre for Countering Digital Hate that slurs against Black Americans and gay men have jumped 195 percent and 58 percent respectively since Musk's take over. Antisemitic posts have soared more than 61 per cent in the two weeks after Musk's acquiring Twitter,” one of the employees stated. 

The Council had scheduled a meeting with Twitter’s representatives on Monday night. However, the company sent an email before the meeting, saying that it had disbanded the group.

AP reported that Twitter sent an email which claimed, “Our work to make Twitter a safe, informative place will be moving faster and more aggressively than ever before and we will continue to welcome your ideas going forward about how to achieve this goal.” It also added that the Council is not the best structure to do this. 

The body was formed in 2016 to address issues like hate speech, child exploitation, suicide, self-harm and others on the platform

When Musk bought Twitter in October 2022, he promised to restore permanently suspended accounts, starting with former US president Donald Trump. Starting November 8, the social media platform began to reinstate several hundred accounts and on just November 21 alone, 2,500 accounts were allowed back on Twitter.

Now, it appears that the Tesla chief has reinstated 12,000 banned accounts after saying that he wanted to provide "general amnesty" for all.

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